Guillermo de Anda
(Prof. of Underwater Archaeology, Univ. of Yucatan)
2.4 – Underground Aliens (11.18.10)
Guillermo de Anda is an underwater archaeologist specializing in the study of caves and cenotes, both from the perspective of the Maya civilization and Pleistocene studies. He has worked these environments for over 30 years. Guillermo also worked for 14 years as a professor and researcher at the School of Anthropological Sciences of the Autonomous University of Yucatán, where he founded and directed the underwater archaeology section. Today he is developing a karst research center in the Yucatán under the auspices of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), The Aspen Institute, and the Universidad Tecnológica de la Rivera Maya.
Guillermo’s archaeological work has been funded by National Geographic, and in 2012 he was named a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. He is director of the archaeological project The Cenote Cult, which has been authorized by INAH and under the academic support of UNAM.
Guillermo specializes in the study of mortuary and funeral rituals in cenotes, and in 2007 he received the physical anthropology Javier Romero Molina award, granted by the INAH, for his work of the forensic analysis of the human bones extracted from Chichén Itzá’s sacred cenote.
Guillermo studied archaeology at ENAH and graduated in anthropological sciences with a specialization in archaeology. He did specialized studies in skeletal anthropology and received a master’s degree in bioarchaeology. Guillermo received his Ph.D. in Mesoamerican archaeology from UNAM.
Guillermo has been an active cave and cenote explorer for more than 30 years. He has been a professional diving instructor since 1984 and a full cave diving instructor since 1987.